Letter from the Principal

Welcome to the SIDES website – the doorway to our Distributed Learning (DL) school. We are honoured that you have chosen to spend some time getting to know us.

SIDES is one of the largest and most comprehensive DL schools in British Columbia, serving thousands of students from Kindergarten to Grade 12, including adult learners. We are privileged to have a staff of dedicated professionals who share one goal – to provide our students with educational options and ensure their learning success through a combination of high-quality online courses and personal connections.

One of the biggest fears people have about online learning is the perception that it is “impersonal” and that the only interaction is between the student and a computer. In fact, one of the most important factors in any DL course is the relationship between the student and the teacher of that course. This relationship is quite unique to each student, depending on his or her needs and preferences; while some students wish to be quite independent and to work on their own with little personal support beyond assessment and feedback on assignments, others want more contact and support from their teachers. At SIDES, we aim to personalize each student’s program to provide the level of connection desired (or required) and to ensure that learning happens.

We are very proud of the students who work with us, and we strive to ensure that the program is the best it can be for those students. Our talented staff works continuously to improve what we do, focusing on student engagement, quality assessment practices and widely accessible instructional strategies to strengthen the courses and ensure student completion.

I feel very privileged to be part of the SIDES team and to contribute to the continued growth and improvement of this exciting and innovative educational option for BC students. Please do not hesitate to contact me directly if you have any questions related to your or your child’s educational options here at SIDES.

Karen Flello
South Island Distance Education School